MINNEAPOLIS -- Left fielder Josh Willingham will be placed on paternity leave on Wednesday to attend the birth of his third child with his wife, Ginger.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said there is a chance that Willingham could return by Friday after Thursday's off-day, but the club will call up a player to take his spot on the roster just in case.
"We will be using a paternity callup, as they put it," Gardenhire said. "There'll probably be a player on his way up here [Tuesday] to join us for the final game of the series, and then we'll see what happens come Friday, if Josh is going to be at the park or not at the park."
Willingham and his wife are due to have their third son, as they also have Rhett, 5, and Ryder, 2.